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Inquiry to hold virtual public hearing in the Lambeth Council investigation

23 June 2020

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is holding a four week virtual public hearing in the Children in the Care of Lambeth Council investigation from 29 June - 10 July and 20 July - 31 July.

Children living in care in residential homes and foster families are amongst the most vulnerable children in society. This hearing will consider the experiences of victims and survivors to examine the scale and nature of the sexual abuse that may have taken place in children’s homes run by Lambeth Council.

It will investigate whether there were child protection failures by public authorities, and

consider the extent to which children's vulnerabilities put them at greater risk of sexual abuse, and how this may have impacted the response of authorities

Evidence will be heard from a wide range of witnesses, including complainant core participants, former members of Lambeth Council, police officers and other public authorities.

This is the second of the Inquiry’s public hearings to be held virtually. As usual, proceedings will be streamed live on the Inquiry’s website.

Witnesses will continue to be supported by the Inquiry’s Support and Safeguarding team, through phone calls and video calls.

The timetable for the first week will be published on the Inquiry website on Thursday 25 June.

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